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Caribbean Literature (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Association

CEA 2012

March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond,Virginia

OmniRichmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possiblethemes:

[UPDATE] Thing Theory and Object-Oriented Studies in Medieval Contexts [International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 20

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 5:00pm
Anthony Adams

A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 8:35am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

[update] NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES" (Sept. 30 / March 15-18, 2012)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:56pm
Jessica Kuskey

Call for Papers: NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES"

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.

"Langston Hughes and the U.S. South" (03/28/12-03/31/12)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:45pm
The Langston Hughes Society (College Language Association Convention in Atlanta, GA)

The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers that explore the connections between Langston Hughes and the U.S. South. Papers which examine racial identity (for example, "the mulatto"), Scottsboro, Langston Hughes's relationships with Zora Neale Hurston and/or other authors, and additional aspects of Langston Hughes's writings and life as related to the U.S. South are welcome. All accepted presenters must join the Langston Hughes Society and the College Language Association by February 1, 2012. Please email an abstract (300-400 words) and a biographical profile (3-5 lines) to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at sharon.jones@wright.edu by September 5, 2011.

[UPDATE] "DESIRE: FROM EROS TO EROTICISM" NOVEMBER 10-11, 2011

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:18pm
CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Department

CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

International Congress on Medieval Studies May 10-13, 2012: Special Session: Gifts and Gift-Exchange in the Later Middle Ages

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 8:24pm
Elizabeth Harper

Historians, anthropologists, literary critics, and other scholars of
medieval Europe are researching and reflecting on gifts and gift
exchange in a variety of new and interesting cultural contexts. At
the same time, the work of theorists, philosophers, and theologians
such as Marcel Mauss, Jacques Derrida, and John Milbank on the nature
of "the gift" continues to exert influence on ideas of gift-giving
outside the medieval period(s). This panel seeks to draw together
scholars across disciplinary boundaries to share insights about gifts
and gift exchange in a variety of contexts. Papers might examine one
or more of the following questions: what constitutes a gift? What

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